Bonnie Turner

Publisher info

Bonnie Turner is an independent publisher, proofreader, and author of middle-grade & young-adult fiction, adult historical fiction, romantic fiction, & middle-grade nonfiction. Her first book for children, The Haunted Igloo, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1991.Turner was born in Independence, Missouri, at the height of the Great Depression (1932), and currently lives in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Independence, Missouri, USA, but I don't know if the town itself influenced my writing or if my family did. More likely, I got some writing talent from certain family members. I was born during the Great Depression, but I don't think being poor had any great influence.

However, I learned to read in First Grade from the famed Dick and Jane readers, and those made a big impression on me. I think it dawned on me there were people besides myself on this planet, and some of them even wrote down their stories. I loved those books. And from there, I read everything else I could get my hands on, mostly adult books.

Oh yes, I had a Big Big Storybook with such classics as Black Beauty, Heidi, Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates, and others. But the grownup books gave me a larger introduction to life, even the sordid side (Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre), Gone With the Wind, and even a 12-volume set of Zane Grey's westerns. When I got to high school, I read books I'd been forbidden to read earlier.

Perhaps it took all my life to get my act together and write my historical novel, Face the Winter Naked, which is set in Missouri (Independence, Kansas City, Springfield, and St. Louis).
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing as a young teen, beginning with poetry that was really terrible. I call those my "therapeutic poetry days," because I was mostly an unhappy loner.

The real writing--which included teaching myself nearly everything--didn't begin until after my second marriage. I think I needed something to keep me from going crazy raising five kids. This time, I didn't write much poetry, but instead wrote some one-act plays. Novels came later.
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North Wind Tales
Series: North Wind Tales: Arctic Trilogy · Children (ages 9-12). Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,590. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Together in one edition for the first time! Two popular Arctic novels for middle-grade and young-adult readers, North Wind Tales contains the complete text of The Haunted Igloo and its sequel Spirit Lights. Follow the scary Arctic adventures of young Jean-Paul Ardoin and his best Inuit friend, Chinook.
The Ghost of Calico Acres
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,640. Language: American English. Published: December 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When Dr. Marc St. Clair inherits a mysterious Victorian house from his great-aunt Miriam, he and his paraplegic wife, Summer, must live there for a year before the deal is closed. The house is claimed to be haunted, and Marc must discover by whom or what before the year is up or risk losing his inheritance and the woman he loves. Little does he realize how close he is to losing both.
A Mouse Tale for Christmas
Series: Children (preschool). Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,860. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
A read-aloud holiday story for all ages. When Pinky Mouse disobeys his parents and sneaks out of their dusty attic home to learn the meaning of Christmas, he finds himself in danger from Tiger the cat and a mean-looking mousetrap. Oh dear! The cuckoo clock doesn't know and the cat only wants to eat him! How can he find out about Christmas?
Bridges Ahead
Series: Children (ages 9-12). Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,910. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » How-it-works
From stepping stones in a creek bed to mighty steel and concrete structures, bridges have from ancient times helped people solve transportation problems. Bridges Ahead is a book for curious readers who wonder how bridges are made and what they are made of. The book contains images of different types of bridges. (Ages 8-12)
Grandma's Bedtime Stories
Series: Children (preschool). Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
Ten read-aloud, interactive short stories for preschool and early grades to help stimulate a young child's memory and imagination. Parents, grandparents, and child-care personnel can discuss the stories and characters with their children while reading and encourage them to find pictures and maps to match the stories.
A Spook of Boonerisms
Series: Children (ages 9-12). Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 810. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Entertainment
The title of this book is a "spoonerism." You make spoonerisms when your tang gets toungled up & your birds come out wackward. Spoonerisms are the accidental invention of William Archibald Spooner, a minister. When Spooner spoke, he scrambled his speech without meaning to. Here is one of his famous mix-ups: To a bridegroom at a wedding he said, "Son, it is now kisstomary to cuss the bride."
Hippy Poppohotamus
Series: Children (preschool). Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
In this read-aloud book, young children will enjoy the adventures of Hippy Poppohotamus as she tries to get a suntan on a rooftop and almost loses her friends when she tries to fool them! What is a hippo to do when she gets stuck in an elevator?
Drum Dance
Series: North Wind Tales: Arctic Trilogy · Historical Collection. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,920. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2010. Category: Fiction » Historical » Canada
Drum Dance is historical fiction filled with adventure, suspense, and danger in Canada's Central Arctic, where Sir John Franklin's crew froze to death searching for the Northwest Passage. In the late 1930s, 17-year-old David Jansson agrees to spend two years at an isolated fur-trading post with his estranged father, Per, manager for the Hudson's Bay Company ... and almost lives to regret it.
Footprints in Time: A Walk in Sacajawea's Moccasins
Series: Historical Collection · Children (ages 9-12). Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,990. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » History » American
In 1805, a young Shoshone woman named Sacajawea joined the Lewis and Clark expedition as an interpreter, and with a papoose on her back helped explore America's northwest while searching for a route to the Pacific Ocean. This time-honored true story of the hardships of the expedition, in particular that of Sacajawea and her baby, Jean-Baptist (Pomp), is retold for young readers ages 8-12.
Down the Memory Hole
Series: Children (ages 9-12). Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,640. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Death & Dying
Summer vacation sucks when 12-year-old Buzz shares his room with a grandpa who has Alzheimer’s disease and his parents forbid him to associate with his best friend. The idea of giving up Mitch is bad enough. But how can he relate to an old man who wears adult diapers and thinks dog biscuits are people cookies? Someone who could die in the night and scare Buzz right out of puberty! (Ages 12 & up)
The Haunted Igloo
Series: North Wind Tales: Arctic Trilogy · Children (ages 9-12). Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,780. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / Polar Regions
For someone afraid of the dark, living in the Arctic is a severe test of courage. Ten-year-old Jean-Paul struggles to hide his fear and adjust to life in the NWT, where he is taunted by a group of Inuit boys because of his lameness caused by a birth defect. Forced imprisonment in a "haunted" igloo proves to be one of the most severe challenges to face Jean-Paul in the harsh Arctic environment.
Spirit Lights
Series: North Wind Tales: Arctic Trilogy · Children (ages 9-12). Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,130. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Sequel to The Haunted Igloo, Spirit Lights is a coming-of-age adventure for fans of Gary Paulsen, Scott O'Dell, and Jack London. Returning to the Arctic after a two-year absence, 12-year-old Jean-Paul has overcome his fear of the dark but discovers his best Inuit friend is terrified of the Northern Lights! Experience polar bears, huskies, auroras that speak--and danger in the Arctic. (Ages 9-12+)
Face the Winter Naked
Series: Historical Collection. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,920. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2010. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
Daniel Tomelin, a battle-worn vet haunted by the carnage of World War 1, abandons his family in the Great Depression and hits the road in search of relief from his soul-shaking trauma. He's too proud to face his loving wife without means of support, but LaDaisy's determined to care for their family alone, if that's what it takes. A novel set in a tragic era when hope was sometimes all they had.

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Smashwords book reviews by Bonnie Turner

  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on March 08, 2010

    This is a great marketing guide for today's e-publishers! The conversational style is easy to read and understand. I already use some of Mark's suggestions, but there are some I hadn't thought of. Bonnie
  • Secrets of the Golden Gate Bridge on Aug. 12, 2010

    Secrets of the Golden Gate Bridge is a keeper, full of information you'll never want to forget; mounds of gourmet food for the mind and soul with stick-to-the-ribs humor. From Spanish explorers' rickety wooden ships to moldy underwear to the Tower of Appendicitis and the Halfway-to-Hell-Club, this book is pure historical, hysterical, and educational entertainment! EJ Knapp has given us a delightful book filled with mind-boggling statistics about the birth of the Golden Gate Bridge, an important literary work to enjoy again and again. ~ Bonnie Turner (author of Face the Winter Naked)
  • Family Deceptions on April 04, 2011

    Strong writing, exceptional plot The intelligent, intriguing plot of Family Deceptions immediately grabbed my attention—and my heart—and kept me reading from the first page to the last. Loretta Giacoletto's memorable characters instantly came to life as Pietro Rocca—shamed and banished by his wife, Isabella, from their home in the Alpine village of Faiallo, in northern Italy—crossed the ocean, changed his name, and created another life in America with a new family, while secretly longing for the wife and children he left behind. Peppered throughout with bits of Italian language, historical reminders of a great war in Europe lend authenticity to the narrative. The novel is both gritty and tender by turns, the author's knowledge of Italy and America richly portrayed in the settings of both countries. This well-crafted tale of a family divided for twenty-nine years by a deep chasm of deception—and love—becomes the saga of two families of equal importance and comes properly together in a surprising ending. This is a story that remains in the mind and heart long after the last page is turned. Highly recommended.
  • A Year in the Cave on Nov. 20, 2013

    I just finished reading A Year in the Cave and found it excellent and informative. As a writer and reader myself, and also a strict grammarian, I felt a surge of emotion in the final chapter that I hadn't expected. Thank you so much for this book, Mr. Guyette. I rooted for you and your students all the way through. How fortunate they were to have such a dedicated teacher
  • Judgment of the Elders on Oct. 30, 2014

    I loved this book! Judgment of the Elders is the first Urban Fantasy I've read, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started. Some of the fantasy parts were a little hard for me to get into, but the modern day "human" scenes were a delight and easy to follow. The author, Gregg Schwartzkopf, knows his stuff and is an excellent writer. Imagine being forced to live the life of a human girl when you're a male--specifically, Caswel Esmar te Willowwalk, disgraced Knight of Whiteleaf--an Alfaran, and nobility among the Fae. It is my hope that in the sequel, "Cass" bonds so closely with his human friends that the elders will remove his punishment and allow him to choose between his former and his new life. Well done, Mr. Schwartzkopf!